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101 Family Day Trips and Staycations Around Vancouver


**Follow each link to get details about your visit directly from your destination, since some places operate seasonally or by reservation.

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Vancouver. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!


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Take A Deep Breath In the Garden

Full Bloom Lavender
Damali Lavender & Winery
Cowichan Valley Lavender
Vandusen Garden
Queen Elizabeth Park
Stanley Park Gardens
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Nitobe Memorial Garden


Get Wild on a Hike

   Lynn Canyon Park
 Burnaby Mountain
 Quarry Rock
 Pacific Spirit Park


Time Travel Today

  Vancouver Maritime Museum
Old Hastings Mill Store Museum
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
Vancouver Police Museum
Burnaby Village Museum
Fort Langley National Historic Site
Craigdarroch Castle


Make Life a Beach

English Bay Beach
Kitsilano Beach
Locarno Beach
Sunset Beach
Third Beach
Jericho Beach
Spanish Banks Beach


Splash into Some Water Fun

Variety Kids Water Park
  Cultus Lake Waterpark
Big Splash Water Slide Park
Granville Island Water Park
The Outdoor Experience


Spend the Day at a Museum

   H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
 Science World
 Vancouver Art Gallery
 Britannia Mine Museum
Museum of Vancouver


Explore These Cities

White Rock
New Westminster
Maple Ridge


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  The Canadian Museum of Flight
Burnaby Central Railway
Railway Heritage Museum
False Creek Ferries
Jericho Beach Kayak
Sky Helicopters
Harbour Air Seaplanes
Deeley Exhibition


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Taves Family Farms Applebarn
Driediger Farms
North Arm Farm
CanWest Farms
Maan Farms
Greendale Acres
Willow View Farms


Play Ball!

  BC Sports Hall of Fame
BC Lions
Vancouver Canadians
Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Whitecaps FC


Treat Yo' Self

  La Casa Gelato International Ice Cream
Bella Gelateria
Marble Slab Creamery
L'Atelier Patisserie
Karameller Candy Shop


Connect with Nature

Sea to Sky Gondola
Bloedel Conservatory
  UBC Botanical Garden
VanDusen Botanical Garden
Park & Tilford Gardens
The Butchart Gardens


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

   Playland at the PNE
   FlyOver Canada


Talk to the Animals

  Greater Vancouver Zoo
Maplewood Farm
Vancouver Aquarium
Capilano River Hatchery
The George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Prince of Whales Whale Watching
O.W.L. Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver-Museum and Archives
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Italian Cultural Centre
Nitobe Memorial Garden


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Shannon Falls Park
Cypress Falls Park
Twin Falls
  Cascade Falls Regional Park
Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park


Get Active Indoors

   6 Pack Beach
 Richmond Olympic Experience
 Extreme Air
 365 Fundays
Coastal Climbing Centre
Play Abby


Challenge Yourself

  Whistler Blackcomb
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Lockdown Escape
Grouse Mountain Zipline
Time Escape


Shop Your Heart Out

   The Granville Island Toy Company
 Kaboodles Toy Store
 Camelot Kids

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown Vancouver. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away